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  1. LV3677

    University of Utah Critical Care Internship

    Former CCI here. You do a match with the top few units that you like and the units request the CCIs that they want. It also depends on the needs of the unit; some may not be hiring by the time you are done, some may be down a lot of nurses and have a lot of needs. Interview is one day from what I remember. I don’t think things have changed.
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    New Grad Nurse Residency Salaries

    From your post, I don't think you quite understand new graduate wages. As a new grad, you can expect to be offered a position between $20-30 an hour, not $30-40 (depending on your location of course). As the PP mentions, the salary you are quoting includes RN's who have experience. There is no trade off like you seem to mention- 79k vs. low wage residency. Some residency programs do offer wage increases after the residency is over. However, I wouldn't anticipate a raise post residency completion.
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    New Grad Critical Care Experience

    I'm not a CRNA, however... Residency programs/internships are ways into the ICU. And they are extremely competitive and challenging. Or some people work as HCA's/CNA's on ICU's and get hired on after passing NCLEX. The hospital I work at won't consider new grads for an ICU unless a) they are in the residency program or b)worked as an HCA on the unit or c) completed senior practicum there. Some places take new grads- it depends on the hospital. If you can't get into an ICU, consider PCU or med-surg nursing. Also, I would not say that ICU is ranked the highest. Each unit has its significant challenges and can give you experience that would be beneficial.
  4. A group of 3-4 of us would get together in a room in the library after having studied the material on our own and talk through self made case studies. One of us would stand up and write on the white board and present the case. "You're in the ER and EMS roll in with a patient with a GCS of 3. What are the components of GCS? What is your priority? What do you want to know from the EMS team?" Etc, etc. It was a great way to critically think about the patient and the diagnoses.
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    Would you live in a rural community for nursing?

    Went to nursing school in a rural area; saved me a ton of money and was a great learning experience. I worked as a tech during school and then after passing NCLEX I accepted a job at a large teaching hospital. It was really cool to see both sides of nursing; going from stabilize and ship the traumas/STEMI's/strokes/etc (it was a critical access hospital) to being at a larger hospital and being the nurse accepting the transfer. I think it would provide valuable prospective and experience. Go for it.
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    burn standards of care

  7. Just depends. I think I had about 15-20 questions for hospital jobs, plus time for my own questions for the interview panel, and overall the interviews were about 45 minutes long. I would anticipate scenario and prioritization questions, as well as behavioral type questions if I were you.
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    How early is too early to start studying?

    I think it's a great idea that you're starting earlier. Better to build upon your knowledge then attempt to cram it all at the last minute. I would also recommend doing practice questions to assist you in selecting the most correct answer.
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    Anyone working mother baby in a critical access hospital?

    I worked in a critical access OB unit as a CNA. Generally the RN's do L&D and postpartum. We had about 30 births a month, usually 3 nurses per shift, one CNA per shift. There was quite a bit of low censusing there- I could count on getting put on call once every pay period. OB nurses were floated as needed to the medical unit, generally given the most stable patients- no contact precautions patients just in case they had to go back down to the OB unit. As far as support, eh... depends on your coworkers and their skill level. At the CAH I worked at, the hospital would pull together well when one unit was having an emergency. The house sup was the go to, a typically an experienced ICU nurse who would jump in and help out, especially with major traumas, codes, or emergency transports. Our hospital had an RT on staff 24/7 and laboratory services, but in some hospitals you might have to do those things yourself.
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    Family NP Student seeking preceptor

    I don't know much about finding preceptors for NP; however, I believe you'll have far better luck in person than using an online forum. On other threads containing this subject matter, it has been suggested that NP students take their resumes into local offices and introduce themselves to nurse practitioners. Food for thought: if you were an NP, would you precept someone who posted on an online forum?
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    Wound Certification for CNA

    I have no idea about wound care certifications for a CNA; however, you can get great wound care experience working on a burn unit if there is one in your area. I would highly recommend that. Our burn techs do quite a bit of wound care. My understanding is that the "patient care assistant" is a position that works around the limited scope of practice of a CNA. PCA's generally have the same job duties, but can do more with specific training, like wound care, art line blood draws, etc. Check the general requirements for the position to see if you qualify and give it a shot.
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    New grad nurse moving to Utah...is it even possible?

    A BSN will help. I would recommend having experience as a CNA/HCA/Tech, have a good GPA, volunteer experience, demonstration of your work, peer mentoring, excellent letters of recommendation, whatever - you'll need to be able to stand out on that resume to get an interview. Oh, and utilize the writing/career center at your college to perfect that cover letter and resume. It does make a difference.
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    New grad nurse moving to Utah...is it even possible?

    SLC is a challenging job market. There are many nursing schools in Utah pumping out RN's. Some of the hospitals have residency programs for new grads. I would look into those if I were you- however they are very competitive. No harm in applying for positions but just know that it's a saturated job market and the pay is on the low end for RN's.
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    I'm the worst CNA they ever had

    Purple_roses, I apologize, my post sounds doormatish- that we shouldn't do anything to patients who are being rude. I do believe that we should set limits for patients.
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    I'm the worst CNA they ever had

    It sounds like you're the one giving the attitude. I've had similar experiences with patients. However, it is not okay to be rude to them by being a smart arse. You gotta think to yourself; Is this a battle I really wanna fight? It's a patient particular about her home being cleaned. Big whoop. Not worth potentially losing your job over it. In these situations, I just say "Okay" to what they say (as long as it's not a patient safety issue). She wants the light on? Okay. I'll leave the light on. I understand you could see just fine, but who cares? She wants it on! It didn't affect your ability to do your work. She wants the bathroom mopped? "Okay, I'll be sure to mop it before I toss the water". You're going to come across many a difficult patient as an RN- those who swear and spit, throw their s*it at you, make nasty comments to get a reaction out of you, give you attitude. Part of the job is learning to manage your responses and reactions to them. You want to work as a peds nurse? Guess what? Peds come with difficult family members, or those that think they know more than you, or those that truly do know more than you because that's their chronically ill child in the bed that they know how to care for. That temper that you speak of will not be helpful. Control that temper of yours when "people are being rude to you." You can't afford to lose it on a patient/patient's family as an RN. If you really don't want to do home health, then look for a CNA job in obstetrics to get some experience. Just my two cents.
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    How do you go back?

    Get a Keurig- hot cup of coffee in 30 seconds. Love it. I worked full time nights as a tech in nursing school. I gave sleep a bit more priority- knew I couldn't study unless I had a decent amount in me. I would definitely try to get a nap in before going to work- thought that helped a lot. Start studying weeks in advance. You retain the information better because you've gone over it several times. I would spend my off week doing assignments/studying for upcoming exams. I think the first few shifts are probably the roughest. It gets better. Drag your butt out of bed after 9+ hours of sleeping- get out of the house to study so you won't be tempted to sleep, as well as a nice big cup of coffee, and you're set.

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